Students march to premier’s office

Bloemfontein – A group of students of the Motheo FET College in Bloemfontein marched to the office of Free State Premier Ace Magashule on Tuesday to hand over a list of demands.

The Motheo student representative council president Nkosinathi Nqesi said students were no longer interested in the college management.

“Voertsek, management, voertsek!” he shouted in front of the Lebohang building in Bloemfontein, which was the province’s main administrative building.

“Our management is old, out of fashion and ugly.”

Nqesi urged Magashule to launch an investigation into the affairs of the Motheo FET College and alleged corrupt activities.

The students also want college head Paseka Simon Maboya to leave.

Some protesting students suspected that Maboya had already been placed on temporarily leave.

A senior official from Magashule’s office received the memorandum from the students and they urged the official to resolve the issues at the college within five days.

The student demands include the safety and security situation at the college in Bloemfontein’s central business district, the shortage of textbooks and the lack of qualified lecturers.

At issue was also exams that were suppose to take place earlier.

It was reported in local media that the college management and students had been in discussions on their demands for some time by this week.

Classes at the institution had been disrupted for the past two months.

During this time students chased away college personnel from their offices.

Some placards carried by students at the protest said “We need books, student card, computers and education” and “To hell with our fucking exams”.


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